Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Russian S-28 form available for download

Howdy all!

Russian users may now update their S-28 builder so the report will match the actual S-28 form. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Go to "Учет Литературы"
2. Click on "Макет Бланка S-28"
3. Click on "Загрузить обновление S-28"
4. Say "Yes" (or "Да") to both messages that popup.

Be aware that if you made any custom changes to the S-28 builder screen, your changes will be replaced with this update that has been put together for you. I doubt this will be an issue for anyone though.

If anyone has any questions/issues, please let me know either via a comment here or via our Support Forum.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Version 1.2.6 Released!

Changes to Literature Room Organizer include:

  • Added: User-guide is now included with the installer.
  • Fixed: reports no longer show blue highlight when report is blank.
  • Fixed: S-28 date range on Inventory Report is now being translated.
  • Fixed: "Stock" publisher is now being translated.
  • Changed: Location of LRO's "behind-the-scenes" backups are now the same location as where LRO is run from.
  • Changed: "Behind-the-scenes" backups will not grow more than 10 total. Was 46 total before.
  • Changed: LRO will open maximized (when using the Installer's shortcut).
  • Changed: Can now have blank Request Month case you want to make yourself select a Request Month for each order (if Request Month is turned on).
  • Changed: Item Number no longer has strict format requirements (such as ####). Only limitation is it must be no longer than 12 characters, however certain special characters are still restricted.
  • Minor improvements to code that may improve speed on slower machines.

As I mentioned before, LRO is now Installer only.  There will no longer be a stand-alone version.  Ironically, however, the change to the "behind-the-scenes" backups has actually made LRO 100% portable now...because the backups necessary to "survive" an upgrade are now being stored in the same location where LRO is being run.  After installing LRO, you can find & copy the folder to a flash drive and run it from there if you want to.  If you do this, LRO will NOT leave any data on your computer anymore, so if you have security concerns, they can now be 100% resolved.  And if you use this ability, don't neglect making backups on another drive!!

I still don't recommend using LRO on a flash drive, simply because it will operate slower, and there's the danger of disconnecting the drive without stopping LRO, thus resulting in a loss of data.  Also know that LRO could easily use up to 80 - 110 MB of your flash drive's space due to the backups it automatically keeps.  But if you would like help in running LRO on a flash drive, please post a request in the support forum.

Last but not least, the user-guides for Spanish & Russian users have been updated.  Still don't have the S-28 form setup for Russian users yet, but I'll get it soon.

In the meantime, I'm taking a break.  You'll see some more polls to vote on some more ideas and would like some feedback.  ;-)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

New Poll: Use LRO on flash drive?

As I mentioned before, LRO will become Installer Only for the next update.  This is not going to change.  However, there are other things that could be affected based on your response to this new poll.  The question is...

Do you use LRO on a flash drive?  In other words, when you operate LRO (open it and put orders into it), are you running it from the flash drive?

Use the poll to the right to vote.  Please do NOT vote if you are NOT using LRO, of course.

NOTE: Visitors on will need to come visit My Site in order to see and participate in the poll.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Version 1.2.5 Released!

Changes to Literature Room Organizer include:
  • Added: New Setting, "Show text box for Notes" on the Order Form screen. Turn it on to use it, if you want it.
  • Added: Orders that are for a language other than your default language are highlighted in light blue. (I decided against yellow, I wanted it to stand out more)
  • Improved: Changing the language of LRO changes the text instantly. Before, you wouldn't notice the change until you exited Settings.
  • Russian translation has been added!

After MUCH work, and with the help of brother Vladislav, I am happy to announce that LRO is now available in Russian! :-) It can be downloaded from the Other Languages link.

Anyone downloading the Russian version, PLEASE READ THESE DIRECTION CAREFULLY!!

If you are a CURRENT user of LRO, you will need to follow these directions BEFORE YOU UPGRADE in order to successfully get the Russian Literature Items List: 

  1. Log into your congregation.
  2. Go to the Literature Items List screen.
  3. Click on "Edit Item Types"
  4. DELETE everything there.  When you go back to the Literature Items List screen, you will notice it is empty.  This will allow you to successfully get the Russian list of items. 
  5. Now you can download the Russian version.

New LRO users will not have to do this.

There were a few cosmetic changes needed in order to fit all the Russian text.  Not much, but you may notice a little bit.  Also, the Russian mock S-28 form is not available yet.  Work needs to be done on it first.  When it is ready, I will announce it and you will be able to simply update your mock S-28 form by using the "Download" button on the Mock S-28 Form Builder screen.

English and Spanish users...if you have not made any changes to the Mock S-28 Form's design, you are encouraged to "Download S-28 Updates" from the S-28 form builder screen.  I've added item #5805 and linked it where it belongs (under Indexes - multiple years).

Last but not least...the next version of LRO will be INSTALLER ONLY.  Yes, I'm more stand-alone version.  Things are getting complicated having to maintain 6 different versions (2 in each language), and things really would be much easier in several different ways if I just had the installer version.  Will give more details about this later on.

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Poll - Highlight Language on orders?

Howdy all!

I'm still working on the Russian version of LRO.  Translation is a LOT of work (as I'm sure the Spanish translators know).  ;-)  Also still working on our Kingdom Hall remodel project.  It's coming along well, and we should be done soon.

In the meantime, I've got a new poll regarding an idea for a new feature.  When looking at the list of orders on the various screens, or when looking at reports, if the language of a particular order is different than your default language, then highlight the language of the order (just the language part) so it stands out as different.  That way it grabs your attention.  ;-)

Please use the new poll (to the right) to vote!